MILLEDGEVILLE, Ga. – The Georgia College Softball team (16-10, 3-1 PBC) split action against Francis Marion University (19-7, 4-2 PBC) Saturday at the Peeler Complex, taking game one 7-6 before dropping the nightcap 1-0. The win halted Georgia College's win streak at 10 games, the last Bobcat loss coming on Feb. 26.
The Bobcats rallied for two runs in the bottom of the seventh for a walk-off win, the team's second of the week. Down 6-5 heading into the bottom of the seventh, Georgia College got a leadoff single and four straight walks to finish the game with a 7-6 victory.
The Bobcats exploded for five runs in the third, to take a 5-4 lead. GC Softball got two-run singles from Faith Flanders (Dublin) and Cassidy Rice (Du Quoin, Illinois) in the inning. Single runs in the fifth and sixth gave FMU the 6-5 advantage heading into the seventh.
Flanders finished game one 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run. Sophomore Brooke Taylor (Powder Springs) got the win in relief, going 1 2/3 scoreless and striking out one.
Game two was a pitchers' duel, as Taylor got the start and went head-to-head with Samantha Wroblewski. A solo home run from Patriot second baseman Taylor Brunson would provide the only run of the contest.
Taylor fell to 2-4 with the hard-luck loss, surrendering just four hits and two walks for the lone run. Wroblewski did her one better with three hits and two walks in the shutout. The last time the Bobcats were shut out was the final game of the 2016 season 2-0 by the University of North Georgia in the Southeastern Regional.
The Bobcats looked like they might have another come-from-behind win in the works when pinch hitter Shawnda Martin (Calhoun) doubled to left center with one out in the seventh, but Georgia College couldn't get the clutch hit to bring her in.
The Bobcats are back in action tomorrow, March 11 at noon, playing host to UNC Pembroke. Rainy weather is in the forecast tomorrow in Milledgeville, so stay tuned to www.GCBobcats.com for any schedule adjustments.
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